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    * 600 lb lady dies after being surgically removed from couch

    http://www.wftv.com/news/3643877/detail.html

    Is ths not the most disgusting/sad thing you've ever heard?

    STUART, Fla. -- A dramatic rescue ended tragically in Stuart, Florida, a rescue so difficult firefighters say they have never seen anything like it.

    It happened late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning at the home of a 600-pound woman who was having trouble breathing. Rescuers went in not knowing how difficult it would be to get her out. 40-year-old Gail Grinds was literally stuck to her couch and had to be removed surgically at the hospital.

    Authorities estimate she had been on the couch anywhere from two to five years.

    Martin County Fire amd Rescue crews faced what seemed to be an impossible mission. Everyone going inside had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air.

    They tried to cut out the front door, but at four-and-a-half feet wide, it wouldn't work. They had to cut plywood since a normal stretcher wouldn't do.

    An ambulance was too small, so they brought in a trailer to get her out. While rescue crews came up with a back-door rescue plan, detectives secured what had become a crime scene, questioning family members about how it got so bad.

    Using planks, they loaded the woman on to the trailer, still attached to the couch. Removing her would be too painful, since her body is grafted to the fabric. After years of staying put, her skin has literally become one with the sofa and it must be surgically removed.

    Detectives are investigating whether they have a case of neglect, or if it is simply a very sad story.

    Grinds was taken to the Martin Memorial hospital where doctors removed her from the couch, but she died in spite of all the attempts to save her life.
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    All I can say is:

    ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?

    What the HELL?!

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    It's quite pathetic actually... I have no hope for the human race anymore
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    Couch potato

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    Whats with all the fat stories about largely obese people?

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    What was she doing sitting down on that couch for 2 - 5 years?? It's hard to digest....
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    Originally posted by blazinfast
    What was she doing sitting down on that couch for 2 - 5 years?? It's hard to digest....
    No pun intended?

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    what about taking a shower or bath? What about going to bathroom......

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    Originally posted by Torith
    what about taking a shower or bath? What about going to bathroom......
    Here is your answer:
    The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air.
    Haven't been on WHT for 6 years!

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    That is just... unusual =)

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    wow... thats surreal

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    Originally posted by jasong
    Here is your answer:


    is a gross understatement *no pun intended here either*
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    Sad story :-/

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    That's just sick! I have a really hard time understanding how this could happen...

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    Very sad. If she didn't move for 2-5 years from that couch someone must have been bringing her food for her to get that large so it does sound like her "loved" ones were negligent!

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